Santiago Island
Galapagos Islands

From: Galapagos Islands Travel Guide

See also: Galapagos Animals Galapagos Cruises

Santiago Island
Santiago Island is the fourth largest island in the archipelago and is also known as San Salvador Island.

Buccaneer Cove
Buccaneer Cove is a spectacular sight from the water and offers superb rock formations and steep cliffs that are dotted with bird life. The cove has an interesting history with pirates who regularly used to use the cove as a safe zone to restock the ships supplies with fresh water and food.

South James Bay
Located on the west side of the island, South James Bay which is also known as Puerto Egas has a wonderful coastal path that takes in several of the sights from the black sand beach and volcanic rock formations to the tidal pools where Iguanas can often be found relaxing half submerged as Sally Lightfoot Crabs clamber over rock formations. Further on from the bay there are several great places for viewing Sea Lions and Galapagos Fur Seals not to mention birds such as Blue Footed Boobies and Galapagos Hawks which can often be sighted in the area.

Espumilla Beach
The beach at Espumilla stretches out in front of a mangrove forest where female Sea Turtles go to arduously lay their eggs. A short distance away from the beach you'll find a scenic path that leads you towards a large lagoon where you can enjoy watching several Pink Flamingo's feeding in the shallows as well as spotting numerous other birds such as Flycatchers and Galapagos Finches. The beach is a popular place to go for a swim or snorkel and you will often find yourself sharing it with the Sea Lions, Turtles, Crabs and Iguanas.

Cousins Rock
This is a popular dive site that is located off the islands east coast and offers plenty of volcanic rock formations, black coral and underwater sea life such as Rays, Sharks, Sea Horses, Tortoises and Tropical Fish as well as Sea Lions.